DVD & Blu-Ray Reviews

Conversation Piece

Conversation Piece

Burt Lancaster gives a late career best in Luchino Visconti's absorbing, abrasive chamber drama Conversation Piece.
Jane Got a Gun

Jane Got a Gun

An expertly crafted western has emerged from development hell - Jane Got a Gun hits the mark.
Eye in the Sky

Eye in the Sky

An absorbing morality tale and chamber drama rolled into one, Eye in the Sky just may change your viewpoint on the ethics of war.
The In-Laws

The In-Laws

Still hilarious and fast-paced a third of a century on, the delirious Alan Arkin / Peter Falk comedy The In-Laws deserves a place on any family's Blu-ray shelf.
Batman: The Killing Joke

Batman: The Killing Joke

The Joker's early carnage is amplified with an original plot, solid animation, a crackling pace and offbeat humour building to a thoughtful coda. Batman fans will approve.
Tale of Tales

Tale of Tales

A wonderfully buoyant tone and peppered with ideas that would've made Pasolini's day, Matteo Garrone's darkly comic fantasy has plenty going for it.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice

Epic action battles that add punctuation to a deeper morality war, Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice may not rewrite the comic book but it does honour its integrity and style.
Hardcore Henry

Hardcore Henry

A rollicking action picture overflowing with ingenuity and twisted humour, Hardcore Henry attacks its own cracks with a sledgehammer but who really cares when it's this much fun?
Buster Keaton - The Complete Short Films 1917-1923

Buster Keaton - The Complete Short Films 1917-1923

A magical collection of 32 films from a cinematic pioneer, this Masters of Cinema set warrants the Blu-ray upgrade.
Dr Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Dr Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

There's nothing else like it anywhere in the film world - a political satire that is so side-splittingly funny and deeply terrifying. Kubrick's Dr Strangelove will see you now.
Burroughs: The Movie

Burroughs: The Movie

A bold, scattershot portrait of a writer known for bold, scattershot literary classics - Burroughs is a perfect documentary to serve its subject.
Suture

Suture

A hint of Memento, a dash of Seconds, a note of The Singing Detective, a peck of Kiss Me Deadly and a detour into Lost Highway territory... Put together, 1993's monochrome noir Suture is completely its own.
Ivan's Childhood

Ivan's Childhood

Visually arresting, psychologically affecting and intellectually stunning, Andrei Tarkovsky's debut masterpiece Ivan's Childhood is a true essential.
Ghosts From Our Past (Ghostbusters film tie-in book review)

Ghosts From Our Past (Ghostbusters film tie-in book review)

One of the more inspired pieces of film marketing in recent years is the new hardback from Penguin entitled Ghosts from Our Past - Both Literally and Figuratively: The Study of the Paranormal.
Gilda

Gilda

Film noir or romantic melodrama? Gilda straddles both with enduring appeal - Charles Vidor's 1946 still stings and allures to this day.
Here Comes Mr Jordan

Here Comes Mr Jordan

75 years on, Here Comes Mr Jordan remains a delightful romantic fantasy with a sharp script and heavenly performances.
Cape Fear

Cape Fear

One of the greatest revenge thrillers of all time, Cape Fear is the perfect B-movie with an A-list cast.
Edvard Munch

Edvard Munch

A masterpiece of a film biopic and an artistic statement bold enough to match Munch's own work, Peter Watkins' film is staggeringly good.
Overlord

Overlord

Overlord is one of those cinematic highwire acts that you can't take your eyes off. You won't find another film like it.
Concussion

Concussion

Will Smith delivers another fine dramatic performance in this moving, if predictable, sports drama.

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